Squamish Nation Housing Society Call for Board of Directors (Voluntary Position)

The Squamish Nation is currently in the process of establishing a non-profit Housing Society to be incorporated under the B.C. Societies Act called Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society. As such, we are seeking candidates to serve on Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society’s inaugural Board of Directors.

This is an exciting opportunity for skilled and dynamic individuals to contribute to and help shape the development of a new Squamish Nation Housing Society.

We are seeking seven Directors. Term lengths for the inaugural Board of Directors will vary between two and four years. Terms will be staggered to ensure retention of corporate knowledge. The structure of the Board of Directors will include three (3) Squamish Nation members and four (4) non-members to provide internal as well as external expertise, education and skills.

Role Purpose

The members of the Housing Society will be the Squamish Nation Council, and the Board of Directors shall be appointed by Council.

The Board of Directors will receive overall direction from Council and will be responsible for operation of the Society. The Board will be a policy board and will provide input in areas such as governing structure, finance, human resources, tenant relations, operations and maintenance, housing development, and infrastructure. The Board will report to the Members of the Society and will provide strategic direction to the Housing Society’s CEO.

Commitment

Board members will be required to attend regularly scheduled meetings as well as being expected to attend the Annual General Meeting, special events, and fulfilling other commitments of the role. There will be a minimum of six meetings per year, and Directors will be required to read all documents and materials provided in advance, and participate fully in the meetings.

Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Market and non-market housing development
  • Squamish
    Nation communities, history and culture
  • First Nations socio-economic needs and realities
  • Board governance and the non-profit sector
  • Fundraising, grant funding, loan management and finance
  • Human resources
  • Partnership development
  • Environmental sustainability and energy efficient technologies
  • Government relations
  • Oral and written communications

In selecting the Board of Directors, the Council will utilize a matrix selection process to ensure a broad range and diversity of skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise.

About Squamish Nation

The Squamish Nation is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Indigenous peoples who lived in the present day Greater Vancouver area; Gibson’s landing and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation have occupied and governed their territory since beyond recorded history.

The Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish People) continue to reside in the area now described as the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The largest proportion of Squamish Nation members reside on several urban reserves in the city of Vancouver, North and West Vancouver and the municipality of Squamish, B.C.

Squamish Nation Council

The Squamish Nation Council is a sixteen-member democratically elected government of the Squamish Nation that is elected for a four-year term. Once elected, the Council appoints two co-chairs to chair Council meetings and manage the agenda and activities of Council and liaise directly with the administration. Current terms will conclude in December 2021.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following for your consideration for a board position:

  • Resume with relevant experience & qualifications
  • Cover Letter
  • Three References

Please send your applications to eva_johnston@squamish.net. Be sure to include the phrase “Board of Directors Application” in the subject line of your email. Deadline for applications is Friday, November 22, 2019.

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